MINT125 | Spring | 6 ECTS

Agrarian Transformation and Mobilization: Land, Labour, and Technology

The aims of this course are twofold: The first aim is to familiarize students with the global transformations that occurred in agriculture over the past centuries and their impact on land, labour, and the use of technology. The second is to look at the origins of agrarian mobilization and to address topics such as ‘depeasantization', peasant resistance, food security and food sovereignty, and the rationales of past and present rural development programs. The course will provide students with interdisciplinary knowledge of some of the most important episodes in the history of world agriculture, such as land reforms, green revolutions, and agricultural trade agreements. We will also discuss the relevance of current peasant movements such as Via Campesina, their relationship with states, NGOs and international organisations within the UN system.